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Leaders of Their RaceEducating Black and White Women in the New South$
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Sarah H. Case

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041235

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041235.001.0001

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Clubwomen, Educators, and a Congresswoman

Clubwomen, Educators, and a Congresswoman

Lucy Cobb Alumnae

(p.46) 2 Clubwomen, Educators, and a Congresswoman
Leaders of Their Race

Sarah H. Case

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes the work of alumnae of the Lucy Cobb Institute of Athens, Georgia, a private secondary school for southern white elite young women. Despite the school’s heavy emphasis on female modesty and propriety, a significant number of alumnae took a direct part in shaping the society, culture, and politics of the New South, through their work as educators, clubwomen, journalists, and in other public ways. Many sought worked to maintain racial hierarchy and elite control, but others viewed themselves as fashioning a more just New South, most notably Congresswoman Carolyn O’Day, close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mildred Rutherford Mell, niece of school president Mildred Lewis Rutherford and scholar of southern “poor whites.”

Keywords:   Lucy Cobb Institute, clubwomen, southern white elite women, private secondary schools, New South, Carolyn O’Day

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